Earlier this week, Seattle resident Karlos Dillard shared a video of what appeared to be a confrontation between himself and a white woman who he says called him a racial slur. Since then, however, more details have emerged, and they are casting serious doubts on his story.
According to Dillard, the unidentified woman cut him off on the road then flipped him off and called him the N-word before following him with her car for four blocks. It was only after she saw he was recording that she stopped. That’s when he turned the tables and started following her.
However, at no point in the video can the woman be heard using the slur. Nor does Dillard bring it up during their confrontation. He only ever mentions it when speaking to other people.
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I’m literally not leaving my house anymore. This Karen cut me off, break checked me and then followed me for 4 blocks. When I started recording her antics she peeled off and tried to get away with her racism. I had time today to let her know that i am not the one. I’m glad SEVERAL white and black people saw her racism and had my back. #karens #seattle #blm #karlosdillard #karensinthewild
The video, which was first posted on June 22, has received almost 12 million views on Twitter and 725,000 views on Instagram. Shortly after it went viral, Dillard began selling “Karen” t-shirts though his social media pages.
This prompted internet sleuths to do some digging into his past. As it turns out, he has a bit of a history when it comes to accusing people, especially women, of racism and posting dramatic videos of them online.
Last month, Dillard shared a video on Twitter of himself confronting an Asian woman working at a restaurant, accusing her of being racist after she asked to see his ID when he came in to pick up a delivery order.
“I just had a racist Asian lady demand to see my ID and my phone to prove that I was a postmates driver while I was picking up the food,” he tweeted. “After I refuse to show her my ID. I told her she was being racist and she said whatever N*gger.”
Just like the video posted this week, the woman is never actually recorded calling Dillard the slur. Nor does he bring it up during their confrontation. It’s only after the fact, in his tweet, that he mentions anything about it.
I just had a racist Asian lady demand to see my ID and my phone to prove that I was a postmates driver while I was picking up the food. After I refuse to show her my ID. I told her she was being racist and she said whatever Nigger. #blm #postmates @Postmates pic.twitter.com/l2eJQx0u6t
— Karlos Dillard (@wypipo_h8) May 28, 2020
The next day, Dillard shared a video of himself picketing outside the restaurant and calling it a “racist institution.”
“The restraunt [sic] you called me a n*gger (see previous tweet) yesterday called the police on us for peaceful protest,” he tweeted. “They refused to apologize they need to be investigated.”
The restraunt you called me a nigger (see previous tweet) yesterday called the police on us for peaceful protest. They refused to apologize they need to be investigated #postmateswhileblack @Postmates_Help pic.twitter.com/2JLhWDvwnQ
— Karlos Dillard (@wypipo_h8) May 29, 2020
But it doesn’t stop there.
Another time, Dillard accused an Airbnb guest of “defaming” his character for leaving a three star review on his profile and saying he and his partner were up all night fighting with one another in their bedroom.
@Airbnb @AirbnbHelp you allowed a guest to completely Defame my character. And you keep hanging up on me. I'm a #superhost pic.twitter.com/PnT0pATmnD
— Karlos Dillard (@wypipo_h8) September 23, 2017
Then in a followup tweet, Dillard claimed the woman who left the review also called him the N-word.
“Im so over your company,” he wrote. “Between being called a N*GGER in my own home to having a guest claim I was dealing drugs. You let this happen.”
Im so over your company. Between being called a NIGGER in my own home to having a guest claim I was dealing drugs. You let this happen
— Karlos Dillard (@wypipo_h8) September 23, 2017
As people dug even deeper into Dillard’s past, it was discovered that, in 2019, he had a restraining order placed against him for harassing a woman. The order specifically bars him from harassing her online.
Karlos has a problem with women—here’s a restraining order against him from last June for harassing a woman. https://t.co/Td7BEj8gwE pic.twitter.com/x2rtiZCrxk
— TrueAnon Pod (@TrueAnonPod) June 23, 2020
Then it was uncovered that, in 2018, he appeared on the show Divorce Court, where he admitted to running over his ex with his car.
Friday: This definitely doesn't seem like "something little," find out why Kris got his foot run over on the next episode of #DivorceCourt!#divorcecourt #relationships #OUCH pic.twitter.com/ozqAxXl51r
— Divorce Court (@divorcecourt) April 27, 2018
Harassment. Cars. Videotape. Accusations. We’re starting to notice a pattern here.
Queerty reached out to Dillard earlier in the week, but we never heard back. Nor does it appear he has spoken to any other media outlets.
He did, however, issue a lengthy statement on Instagram yesterday saying he would “like to have a conversation” with the woman he filmed this week to “learn why she reacted the way she did.”
“I want to use this opportunity to heal society,” Dillard writes, “and break down systemic racism and to do this we must confront it, address is, change the behavior, and move forward.”
Change the behavior, indeed.
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Race baiting is a national health crises!
“Race Baiting” wow, now we know that not only are you the same old right wing troll always defending anti-LGBT bigots….but that you’re either an old right wing troll, or someone who gets all their information from the bowels of the internet.
Race baiting? I mean are you a 70 year old Mississippi sheriff?
You have to admit… it is pretty suspect now. It might not have been so bad if he said the proceeds were going to some LGBT black charity, but he’s trying to line his pockets instead.
The bird watcher one was legit, this one looks like he’s actually trying to provoke these woman. Show one with him confronting a man and then I’ll reconsider.
@Cam what PC word do you want to use for people who are trying to provoke a response so they can film it for attention?
We all know if one of those people called Miss Thang here anything like that he’d confronting them with it. He doesn’t strike me as someone who holds back on anything. I have no doubt that anyone who gets into any confrontation with him will be labeled a racist.
Now he’s trying to cash in on the protests.
I agree. I watched his little video and I got queasy. This fake race-baiting is one more step in undermining the much needed changes like BLM. This man is a nightmare. I’m sure he provokes every chance he gets until he finds someone like this woman who is clearly not right in the head. Women did this to #believewomen with their lies and exaggerations. It undermined that movement too. Some women lie. Now we have to deal with the fact that some black people lie too.
So, Queerty, are you saying that for a situation to be called a racist event, the N-word must be dropped?
Microaggressions don’t apply? Or just simply treating a black guy differently than a white dude does not either?
It’s problematic with the restraining order and the divorce show; but again this sounds like a take down of a “victim”. Like, it’s only racism if he’s a nice stand up guy?
Ha. I can see you and Karlos getting along really well.
yes, like why is this even an article? not very productive considering the national circumstances. his experience of racism isn’t cancelled out because of anything in this article. racism is systemic, pervasive, and it’s everyone’s job to root it out and cancel it.
Why did he have to chase this woman down? He didn’t. If I confronted every person who was rude to me driving, I’d probably be dead by now. To answer my own question, he stalked this woman to provoke a video he could post to get attention for himself. Disgusting.
For those who have seen the full 15 minute video you know that he has a witness on film backing him up….So stop being a Kyle, but it’s expected from this site so it’s no surprise you’d attempt to portray him in a negative manor….
Which video are you talking about? The first one be kind of hard to do since it’s out on the road. I watched the full videos and I never seen any witnesses no. Just him.
The so called pattern: Women especially white women have a long history of victimhood, especially when it comes to black men, no matter the sexual orientation. (Asian women are not exempt from this) As a black man yes any day I’m interacting with people outside of my ethnic and racial background I have to deal with racism, period full stop. No matter how ridiculous you think the scenarios are, they happen. So I’m inclined to believe these situations with Dillard could very well happen.
From my personal experience I’m not called a n*gger in every racist encounter but for the times that it does happen which it certainly does happen, with my so called friends, strangers on the road, in casual public locations it’s nearly impossible to capture that. I couldn’t even capture it in audio, and if I’m alone when it happens which can be the case a lot of times, it’s my word against theres, and I know as a black queer man my word does not mean sh*t. That being said, the word n*gger especially for white people invokes a special kind of attention their ears stand up and immediately rebuke it, mostly because they don’t want to be painted as a racist themselves, so this is mostly out of guilt. With this current generation, video documentation has become vitally important in documenting these things to hold people accountable. But victim blaming is still a thing especially in cases like these where black men state they are the victim, they are questioned, their backgrounds are exposed. Trayvon Martin comes to mind in the smear campaigned that followed to justify him being murdered, and more recently Ahmaud Arbery & George Floyd, their criminal past used to try to invalidate what happened to them. These two things have nothing to do with each other and are just used as a distraction. It’s like a woman claiming to have been raped and her sexual history is put on display to justify the criminal act against her.
I don’t see anything wrong with him accusing these women if that is actually what happened. His violent past has nothing to do with the videos he posted so that seemed to just be used to try to discredit him. Because some people I’m not one of them believe that violence is never the answer, yet they forget that this country was literally founded on a violent revolution but history is used conveniently always to create a narrative.
At the end of the day all this story is saying to me is that those women are be believed, and this man is not. Seems like a step back to me, because for some reason it’s important to gloss over why this woman was following him in the first place if his story is to be believed.
If you are going to do “digging” which that’s laughable given Queerty’s “journalism”. Do it objectively get the full story, get both sides.
Meh. Two words, “Jussie Smollett.” LMAO
My issue is, the guy may have issues. But the woman screamed that she had black husband as soon as she got out of the car. Which seemed to indicate that something racial had been said.
Did you ever stop for 1 second, just 1 second, and ask yourself, “Could this footage be edited?”. Or maybe that this actually *isn’t* the beginning of their altercation but a continuation of it? Hm? I know you love, love, love, to be the first to jump in and attack, attack, attack but try using some critical thinking skills next time. Logic and reason exist for a reason. How about you use them?
I don’t believe every woman who claims rape and I don’t believe every person who claims racism.
But is it true that he was previously a Don the Con supporter? Someone alleged that on a prior comment thread on Queerty? If so, it all really makes sense1
This only proves that our country has an extreme problem with racism. It’s not surprising that a black person has to deal with this everyday.
Sounds like he embellished a lot of these stories to get attention and cash in. The fact that he was on Divorce Court says a lot about his need for attention. Highly doubtful that every woman he’s had an altercation with called him the N word. First off, most White people know not to use it directly at someone Black, even if they are committing other micro-aggressions towards them since that is a smoking gun to being labeled like a racist. Also, most Asian restaurant workers are not even familiar with the term and, if they were going to say something racist, would say it in their native language. And his Airbnb claim is just a flat out lie. This guy seems like a head case. That being said, the White lady in the video also seems way too emotionally unstable to be driving.
It seems smartest given the ambiguity in response and who’s saying what to write this off as an unknown and simply let it go. Of course (see my username), nobody will do that.
But then, I don’t personally enjoy hanging out with the obviously unstable…and that covers both of these people.
The woman is either a full or part time psychotic, no question about it. Perhaps this video will prompt her to get the help she urgently needs.
I’d like a writing credit for this post Graham considering about 85-90% of what’s written here was stuff I specifically mentioned in the comments on the original story.
There’s also a lot more you haven’t mentioned. If you’re going to take part in the internet shaming of people make sure you have as much information about who you are blasting as possible. Karlos Dillard, originally Karlos Gum, has a history of misogynistic behavior and casual racism going back years. He has been called out for it on the CUT YouTube videos he has appeared in.
To the dude asking if he is/was a Trump supporter, yes he is/was. He voted for him. Despite the claims that he never said it all you have to do is go to YouTube and search for the interview he did on the podcast “3 Black Guys With a Mic”. If he hasn’t had it taken down. Also note what he says about Philando Castile.
See this is why I really don’t bother with Queerty anymore. Its because of stuff just like this. If Black people had body cameras on, you’d see a lot more of these instances. Ok this guy has some interesting history but that doesn’t mean this incident couldn’t have been true. Drudging this up to try and dismiss his claim is typical White dismissal behavior. And….her whole “I have a Black husband” BS is stupid. Just because you are White and have intimate relations with someone Black doesn’t mean you can’t be racist. Look at the number of White gays who fetishize Black men but won’t date them seriously and have no Black friends. Karens and Chads need to stop being racist. Lets start there.
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